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Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 16:54:18 EST5EDT4,M4.1.0,M10.5.0
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_Choice:  Current Reviews for Academic Libraries_ is published by 
the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of 
the American Library Association.  It is, in my opinion, one of 
_the_ preeminent sources used by academic libraries to select materials, 
providing evaluative reviews of hundreds of books in each monthly
issue.  _Choice_ began to review Web sites last year, and have (finally) 
reviewed Nizkor -- from the Oct. 1998 issue, page 372:

The Nizkor Project
URL:  http://www.nizkor.org/

Nizkor is a Hebrew word meaning "we will remember."  The Nizkor 
Project is maintained by Ken McVay, who has made this Web site 
his life's work.  McVay's mission is to develop various links to 
Holocaust sites, compile documents relating to the Holocaust, and 
confront the Holocaust deniers.  His site is active and 
constantly expanding as the project adds documents and other 
related material.  McVay has done yeoman work in providing 
excellent source material to the general public.  For instance, 
most all [sic] the documents from the Nuremberg Trial papers are 
included in the site.  The project also contains thousands of 
pieces of information about the camps, the killings, the 
perpetrators, the victims, and a growing bibliography, as well as 
hundreds of pictures of the wanton destruction of the Jews.  
Although there is a directory, it is somewhat difficult to 
determine the contents of each file without opening it first.  
The other purpose of the site, and indeed its rationale, is to 
confront the deniers.  McVay not only lists thousands of postings 
of Holocaust deniers, but also counters a list of 66 allegations 
against the veracity of the Holocaust put out by the notorious 
and pseudoscholarly _Institute of Historical Review_.  Although 
the Nizkor Project serves as a watchdog for Holocaust deniers, in 
doing so, it provides all kinds of links with antisemitic Web 
sites.  The project even includes a critical letter about the 
site from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, concerned with all the 
attention given to the fringe groups.  One could argue that 
McVay's work serves a useful purpose by allowing viewers to see 
the nonsense in cyberspace, but this information also could be 
used very easily by the fanatics themselves.  Overall, however, 
the site is a wealth of sources, both important and tangential, 
about the Holocaust and is worth a look for all those interested. 
All levels. -- G. R. Sharfman, Hiram College


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